Kids-eye views of the garden

You want to pass on to children your joy in the natural world...
You like company in your garden...
You dream of an apprentice, a helper, one who will carry on...

Then these articles should help you learn:

What's outdoors that interests, amuses and helps kids grow?

In this department we hear from young reporters about what they see, do and think about the great outdoors. These perspectives are just plain enjoyable but also useful for anyone hoping to see young relatives and friends take up the hoe.

For instance, we gardeners need to keep in mind that kids are somewhat removed from food production, and have to learn from you the most basic points:

Apples, mmm. I'll have one right now!

One late winter day we were in our front room working with several of our young reporters, when the subject turned to the branch suspended across our ceiling -- our current Holiday Branch.

"Is that a real tree?" Asked one.

"Yes," we explained, "it's a branch from our apple tree."

"You have an apple tree?! Oh, I would like some apples!"

We were at first taken aback by this statement, as it came from a youngster who has run all around in our yard, even swung from that tree's branches. Wasn't it clear that there were no apples to be had, at present?

Then we realized how remiss we've been: We had not introduced the kids to the various trees. They don't know which is an apple tree, which  a beech. We hadn't explained the ways of trees, either, so they don't know that an apple tree doesn't have any fruit on it during winter. Given the year-round availability of apples at the grocery store it's perfectly logical for a child to assume that an apple tree has fruit on it all the time.

All stories welcome!

We've enlisted children we know but all children may submit contributions. Send them by email to


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